More details have emerged in the death of Richard Huckle, a prolific British pedophile who committed the majority of his heinous crimes in impoverished neighborhoods in Kuala Lumpur.
After being handed 22 life sentences by a British court in 2016, he was found dead in his Full Sutton Prison cell in Yorkshire, England in October of last year. At the time, media outlets offered scant details of the nature of his death, though some reports claimed that Huckle had been stabbed.
Yesterday, the tabloid the Daily Mail reported that “Britain’s worst pedophile,” as Huckle was often called, was in fact strangled to death with a guitar string in his prison cell. The report went on to claim that a source revealed that Huckle’s throat was also stuffed with condoms and pens.
Police confirmed earlier this week that a 29-year-old man has been arrested in connection with Huckle’s death, and that a file on the matter has been handed over to the Crown Prosecution Service, with officials awaiting their decision before proceeding with charges.
Huckle is estimated to have abused over 200 children over several years of posing as a freelance photographer and English teacher in poor Malaysian communities. His victims ranged in age from a 6 months to 12 years old. Though he is believed to have committed the bulk of his offenses over a nine-year period in Malaysia, the National Crime Agency also says he committed child abuse in Cambodia.
Often grooming poor children from schools and orphanages in Kuala Lumpur, he later took pictures and videos of himself raping them, sharing the images in pedophile groups on the dark web.
In a blog that he kept, Huckle developed a system of “Pedopoints” that he awarded himself, noting that he had abused 191 children on his “scorecard.” Investigators uncovered images where he forced his child victims to pose with signs that advertised his “business” of abuse.
Huckle had also circulated a 60-page guide he titled “Pedophiles & Poverty: Child Lover Guide.” The UK judge who presided over his case called it a “truly evil document” at the time.
His abuse began during a gap-year teaching in Southeast Asia.
Police finally arrested Huckle in 2014 at Gatwick Airport, after his return from Malaysia for Christmas. His capture followed a tip-off from Australian investigators who had recently shut down a website dedicated to pedophilia with over 9,000 members.
At the time of his arrest, Huckle’s behavior seemed to be “escalating,” with the suspect planning on creating a “pedo Wiki guide” for his depraved followers.
Some 20,000 thousand images of child abuse were found on Huckle’s computer and camera, 1,000 of which were of him raping his victims. Refusing to cooperate with investigators, he declined to share passwords to other encrypted files.
Following his arrest, his family sold their home and sought anonymity. His sister-in-law was quoted by UK media outlet Sky News as saying: “None of his family will speak about him. None of us ever want to see Richard again.”
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